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Tears and applause at Cannes for Inarritu's latest film

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Tears and applause at Cannes for Inarritu's latest film

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Oscar winning actor Javier Bardem and Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu unveiled their latest film at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday.

“Biutiful” is one of 19 films competing for this year’s Palm d’Or prize. That decision rests with the jury, led this year by director Tim Burton.

Set in the back streets of Barcelona, it is Inarritu’s first film since Babel four years ago and examines the dark underbelly of the Spanish city.

Using a simple narrative rather than relying on special effects, the film pulls no punches when tackling the theme of mortality.

Bardem’s character is a clairvoyant hustler who tries to put his life in order after being diagnosed with a terminal illness.